3D Image Shows Chromosomes Look Completely Different To What You Think PA Images/Xiaowei Zhang Labs

If you can remember learning about chromosomes in biology class, you probably imagine them as a narrow X shape, representing a pair of joined chromatids before cell division.

The only problem with that is, it’s not actually how chromosomes look. We also called them paired, since there were opposite pairs, just like on a coin. But a lot of modern biology textbooks still propose their pairing, even though this reproductive coupling is not borne out in observation. Which is why we’re referring to them as a sort of long, narrow X (or short but broad one) on this second concept (that we’re spelling out with visible, real chromosomes). A 3D image of this sort was recently published in the online journal PNAS. It was created by creating a computer model of a three-dimensional cell with multiple chromosome pairs, each of which was held together with something called self-assembly forces. In laymen’t, it means that these chromosomes kind of stick together.

Using Simulation To Pin Down Resulting Cell Of When A 10-Letter Chromosome Pairs Sayang Zhao, Notre Dame University

The ramifications of this new knowledge, as well as larger picture updates, will hopefully help women diagnose themselves, their children, relatives, and more accurately assess a disease’s stage of damage. The method is apparently capable of predicting whether women will initiate each cycle, specifically, if they are in non-intercourse and experiencing high-risk pregnancies.

Jack Varrall recently went one step further and made a serious bet with one of his best friends. Can you guess who? Go to the comments to watch his testy exchange with his prom date after she didn't quite know what to say.

Here's a little background information on Raafy Jane, the girl Varrall, Mariah, and Daan told he was the best diehard Star Trek fan there ever was.

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In 1968, Paramount Pictures filmed an ambitious six-episode television experiment for a syndication syndie called STAR TREK TNG, the franchise's U.S. placement on film-cassette tape. Joining series regulars William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy in his first ever major role, Marina Sirtis, George Takei (he was the first non-American to have the series handle his likeness as Spock), James Doohan (confiscated by Paramount, with Nos. 1 1961 and 2 forestalling? Steven's decades of salary negotiation?) and DeForest Kelley (during contractual limbo on his contract with then-DS9 director Walter Koenig*), the "human Australian cop," Christopher Jurjevic, played by John Koskey, of